By W.G. Ramirez
Special to the Ely Times
Maureen Vaught and her daughter Cricket Hermansen don’t receive flowers all that often.
Not on Valentine’s Day, and not necessarily on Mother’s Day.
That’s what happens when you own the oldest flower shop in Ely.
The Flower Basket was opened in 1952 by Hermansen’s grandmother and step-father, and when Vaught married into the business, Hermansen grew up surrounded by roses, daisies, tulips and plenty of other favorites ordered on the two busiest days in the flower business.
Hermansen said hundreds of orders have been taken and will be delivered by Sunday, Mother’s Day, the second-busiest holiday behind Valentine’s Day.
“We have a lot of orders for Friday and Saturday,” Hermansen said. “We have a display case full in the front of the store so we can cater to walk-ins. We do encourage people to order early. We run a couple of delivery trucks. We have a crew of people working night-time hours to get all the orders taken care of. We’re processing flowers all week for Mother’s Day.”
Hermansen said while the annual festivities can get crazy the first week of May, she said her and her employees enjoy the time, knowing their final products will bring joy to their customers.
“Everybody puts their heart and soul into what they do here,” Hermansen said. “They want it special for the person receiving the arrangement. You have pride when somebody smiles after they see what they’re receiving.”
That includes Vaught, her daughter said, as she still finds time to arrange something special for her own mom.
“As flower-shop owners, we don’t get flowers much since people think, ‘Well, they own the shop…’” Hermansen said. “So a lot of times I’ll still make her a special bouquet. Just because.”
Also on Sunday, the historic Nevada Northern Railway is offering free rides to all moms. Moms are invited to take a ride the National Historic Landmark through remarkable Robinson Canyon. Trains depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Railway museum complex, located at 1100 Ave. A, includes a full-service rail yard encompassing fifty-six acres with dozens of buildings, shops and structures. The museum collection includes four steam locomotives, six diesel locomotives and over 60 pieces of rolling stock.
Regular rides aboard the railway include caboose and engine tours, a unique and exciting opportunity to ride with the engineer and a 90-minute ride on the steam excursion train, which is pulled by a century-old steam locomotive toward Ruth Mine.
And for those looking for a place to dine, the Jailhouse Casino’s Cellblock Steakhouse is the only steakhouse within a 250-mile range, and normally runs a special for Mother’s Day. In order, the menu favorites include Filet Mignon, a New York cut or the Prime Rib, while the establishment prides itself with an extensive wine list. Reservations are mandatory, as Cellblock generally sells out for the holiday.